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Unruly vs. Wayward — What's the Difference?

Unruly vs. Wayward — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Unruly and Wayward

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Unruly

Difficult or impossible to discipline, control, or rule
The substitute teacher faced unruly students in the classroom.

Wayward

Wayward is a 1932 American Pre-Code drama film directed by Edward Sloman and written by Gladys Unger (with Lillian Day and Mateel Howe Farnham). The film stars Nancy Carroll, Richard Arlen, Pauline Frederick, John Litel, and Margalo Gillmore.

Unruly

Difficult to keep in place or in order
Tried to comb his unruly hair.
Trimmed back the unruly bushes.

Wayward

Deviating from what is desired, expected, or required, especially in being disobedient or in gratifying one's own inclinations
"a teacher taking pains with a wayward but promising child" (George Orwell).

Unruly

Wild; uncontrolled.
The police gathered to contain the unruly mob.
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Wayward

Difficult or impossible to manage, control, or keep in order
A wayward strand of hair.

Unruly

Not submissive to rule; disregarding restraint; disposed to violate; turbulent; ungovernable; refractory; as, an unruly boy; unruly boy; unruly conduct.
But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

Wayward

Going somewhere not intended or desired
A wayward golf shot.
A wayward courier.

Unruly

Noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline;
A boisterous crowd
A social gathering that became rambunctious and out of hand
A robustious group of teenagers
Beneath the rumbustious surface of his paintings is sympathy for the vulnerability of ordinary human beings
An unruly class

Wayward

Following no clear pattern; unpredictable
"events that were often thought to be wayward, capricious, and inexplicable" (Marq de Villiers).

Unruly

Unwilling to submit to authority;
Unruly teenagers

Wayward

Given to wilful, perverse deviation from the expected norm; tending to stray.

Unruly

Of persons;
The little boy's parents think he is spirited, but his teacher finds him unruly

Wayward

Obstinate, contrary and unpredictable.

Wayward

(sports) Not on target.

Wayward

Taking one's own way; disobedient; froward; perverse; willful.
My wife is in a wayward mood.
Wayward beauty doth not fancy move.
Wilt thou forgive the wayward thought?

Wayward

Resistant to guidance or discipline;
Mary Mary quite contrary
An obstinate child with a violent temper
A perverse mood
Wayward behavior

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